Koeman feeling the heat as Lyon edge fiery clash
Everton 1 Lyon 2
Everton boss Ronald Koeman was forced to endure more disappointment as Lyon consigned his side to an ill-tempered defeat and more Europa League misery.
Koeman has been forced to confront the potential of a "crisis" unfolding at Goodison Park and this 2-1 loss left his side bottom of Group E, with Nabil Fekir's penalty and Bertrand Traore's deft flick besting Ashley Williams' powerful header.
Williams was lucky to be on the pitch when he headed home the equaliser, having initiated and then extended an ugly touchline tussle involving players from both sides and at least one home fan.
Everton's considerable summer investment has now brought them six defeats in all competitions and no wins in their last four outings.
Inside five minutes Lyon had the lead. Memphis Depay conjured a smart ball for Marcal to chase. The Brazilian read it quickest and was a yard inside the area when Mason Holgate charged into view and clattered into him.
Fekir found the net from the consequent penalty.
In the second half, Williams appeared to push Anthony Lopes into the hoardings but was still the most animated individual in the ill-tempered shoving match which ensued. At least one home fan laid hands on a Lyon player.
Williams then rose to power home Gylfi Sigurdsson's 69th-minute free-kick but there was one last twist, Maxwell Cornet escaping down the right and locating Traore, who touched the ball off his instep and over the line via a Michael Keane deflection.